Ettore Sottsass

Italian, 1917 - 2007
Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) was an Italian architect and designer who was active in the mid-20th century. He is best known for his work with the Memphis Group, a design collective that was active from the 1980s to the 1990s and was known for its bold and playful designs.
Sottsass studied architecture at the Politecnico di Torino before beginning his career as a designer. He worked for a number of prominent design firms, including Olivetti, where he was responsible for the design of several iconic typewriters.
Sottsass's designs were characterized by their bold use of color, playful shapes, and unconventional materials. He was particularly known for his work with ceramics, and his designs often incorporated elements of traditional Italian craft.
In the 1980s, Sottsass co-founded the Memphis Group, which was known for its innovative and irreverent designs. The group's designs often combined bright colors, bold patterns, and unusual shapes, and were meant to challenge traditional notions of design and taste.
Overall, Ettore Sottsass was an important figure in the world of design during the 20th century, and his playful and innovative designs continue to be admired and influential today.
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